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be released. yet 83% of americans said they supported the president's use of drone strikes. i'm wondering is there any public pressure to be more transparent? is that going to happen now? >> that's really interesting. i mean, you cited that poll, 83% of folks agree with the drone program, its use at least overseas. there's a difference if this is used on our soil here, certainly no backing for that among americans, but so far you haven't seen the outcry of a public outcry in terms of this program being used to target americans overseas. i think this is the first big public airing of this issue that we've seen. we'll see obviously brennan take it up today and perhaps after that you'll have americans raising some concern, but so far there has been bipartisan concern i think on the hill. it hasn't extended to the american public, and even in some ways you have had a situation here where republicans have been the fiercest supporters of this program. some folks saying what about democrats also being in the president's corner if this was bush doing the same thing? would they have had a differen
justification for using drone strikes to kill american citizens. >> this is an encouraging first step, and especially because it comes at a time when the lines have blurred between the military and the intelligence field, and it's going to be so important to do robust congressional oversight in order to protect both our security and our liberty. >> senator widen is one of the senators who was pushing for the release of more noftion and it comes just hours before the confirmation hearing for john brennan. the white house counterterrorism adviser was the architect of the president's drone policy and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's this surgical precision, the ability with laser-like focus to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> i want to bring in "the washington post's" political reporter nia-malika henderson and politico's white house reporter carrie brown. good morning. >> good morning. >> this issue has been simmering for a while. why did the white house decide to do this now? >> well, this wasn't about to go away for the president and it was particula
done. the president is smart here. he's using his big approval ratings to force lawmakers into seeing things his way. that gets a lot of complaints on the hill, particularly from republicans who say, why don't you come help us legislate something, instead of campaigning all around the country on this. and the devil always, with immigration, is in the details. you talked about high-skill immigration for one. everyone agrees that we should have smarter people here, but that's a carrot in terms of, you know, comprehensive bill. nobody wants to just pass that one piece, because then it gets harder to make a path for citizenship, for everyone else, because that's the harder piece of that. so they don't want to give up these things that everybody agrees on and pass them piecemeal for things that the people don't agree on will then fall by the wayside. >> the short-termism is really disappointing, because, you know, i was just talking to general electric, as a matter of fact, the other day. they've got a lot of new plants opening up, a lot of developments in silicon valley, and this isn't ev
proceed poed the president's bill will be dead on arrival in congress leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come. i mean. sure, republicans will shoot down anything that came from the white house anyway, is that all part of this? >> it absolutely is. in a way, whether or not the white house meant to leak this or not, they wanted this out there and in a way it gets republicans a lot of cover. they can shoot down the force for ray and that gives them a lot of room to work with congress and come up with their own deal without looking like they're cooperating with the president f he has his eyes on 2016, he does not want to look like he was hand-in-hand with the president on this very important legislative issue >> one of the senators that is working part of this bipartisan group is senator chuck schumer. let me play what he had to say. >> we talked to senator rubio and he is fully on board with our process and i am very hopeful that in march we will have a bipartisan bill. i am happy with the president. he has given us the space, and i am opti
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